Trothe Releases

Trothe 2024 Spring Releases Year after year, vintage after vintage, Trothe releases underline why this Washington state winery quickly earned a reputation as a producer of world-class luxury wines. These three new 2021 releases are ready to join their other sophisticated wines on the international stage. Trothe Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Limited Grenache are all stunning, exceptional wines from the Horse Heaven Hills. They are dream wines from what we called the  “dream team” back in 2021: Jeff Andrews, innovative managing partner of the winery and Andrews Family Vineyards; acclaimed winemaker Ray McKee; and extraordinary vineyards manager Todd Chapman. Put on your seat belts. These three wines are exhilarating,

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Sagebreaker

Sagebreaker Red BlendsSagebreaker is a new wine venture from the impressive Trothe dream team at Andrews Family Vineyards in Washington state’s Horse Heaven Hills. When we visited the vineyards last summer, Proprietor Jeff Andrews previewed the new brand: “Inspired by our origin story, these wines are crafted from ground that our great-grandfather, George Smith, broke from sagebrush over 80 years ago.” Jeff kindly shared Sagebreaker’s delicious Bordeaux and Rhône blends with us this month. They will be available in the spring to the Sagebreaker allocation list.

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Trothe Limited

Trothe Limited Malbec 2019Trothe’s dream team – Jeff Andrews (the passionate managing partner at the acclaimed Andrews Family Vineyards), Ray McKee (incredible winemaker) and Todd Chapman (talented vineyards manager) – spotlight the very best varieties and blocks from special vintages for their new Limited Series. Trothe Limited 2019 Malbec, which is yet another world-class wine from the Horse Heaven Hills, is first up. We have been major fans of Trothe since the beginning, tasting both vintages of their exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and the not-yet-released Syrah. And now, we add this stunning Malbec to the list of their wines worthy of the world stage. Read on for details.

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Stats and Facts

Glasses of red and white wineEvery year around this time, we love to share stats and facts about the wonderful wine industry in Washington state. Therefore, we hope you enjoy this 2020 version, courtesy of Washington Wine.

Firstly, the number of wineries grew to more than 1,000, compared to 19 in 1981. Secondly, more than 70 varieties of grapes are grown now. That compares to 30 just six short years ago. Thirdly, the ratio is 59% red and 41% white, a flip from 55% white and 45% red six years ago. Further, the average amount of summer sunshine in Washington state, compared to California, might surprise you! Read on for fun stats and facts about Washington wine. Continue reading